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FOX News
Jan 8, 2013 3:00pm PST
, national security correspondent jennifer griffin has the story from the pentagon. >> four months to the day since ambassador chrissteins and three others were killed in a terror attack on the u.s. benghazi mission, one of the only suspects in custody has been released. 26-year-old, tunisia detained in turkey was released by tunsen court due to lack of evidence according to the lawyer. he was present in the attack on the u.s. mission, fox news reported in november. based on video that the u.s. intelligence agencies had from the compound. his brother fought against the u.s. forces in iraq and his father encouraged both suns tovo themselveses in jihad, according to the lawyer. the f.b.i. gained access to him in late december. allowed to question him, in what some described as kangaroo court filled with protesters for three hours. law enforcement officials say he was, "probably not a big player in the attack." l others describe it as a setback to investigation that isn't progressing. >> the department of justice is quiet about this. i hope they treat it as a terrorist activity, not just police
FOX News
Jan 5, 2013 4:00pm PST
on the top pentagon spot but cue democratic sources told us that chuck hagle, the two-term senator from nebraska is likely to be nominated earlier next week. he opposed the surge in iraq and toured the mideast with candidate obama in 2008. he's assured rough sledding in confirmation hearings. marco rubio said he may block the nomination unless hagle withdraws his opposition to the embargo against cuba. and his baching at the designation of hezbollah has a terrorist group. then there are the remarks he made to mideast diplomats. the jewish lobby in tim dates a lot of people up here on capitol hill, he told miller in a 2006 interview, adding i'm not an isreali senator, i'm a united states senator. >> and finally some other groups are unimpressed with the policy he offered last month for comments he made in 1998 about the first openly gay ambassador, hormel, who he called aggressively gay. he said his purple hearts qualifies him for the job of defense secretary and the white house has lined up high profile backers to defend his record on israel. >> he has been over the course of the long c
FOX News
Jan 6, 2013 11:00am PST
for the top job at the pentagon. the announcement expected to be made in the last couple of days. reports the president has set isled on chuck hagel. why to you think he picked him given the republican opposition and some from the left flank as well? >> the only thing i can think of is that he believes hagel is as a kind of a maverick would not drink the kool-aid as the white house may see it on pentagon military spending and so on. this he would be a counter force over there and not an advocate for the armed forces in the way that even leon panetta has become. the warnings that we are hearing for example about the effect of the sequester so called on the pentagon the dire warnings have come from panetta not from the white house. the president isn't going around warning about that. leon panetta is. i think that is the reason. are other evacuees, i otherwisr course. really not a particularly distinguished record in the senate or anywhere else. i'm not suggesting he didn't fight valiantly when was himself a soldier, i'm not suggesting that. an odd guy. there is this tinge of suspicion about
FOX News
Jan 10, 2013 4:00pm PST
at the pentagon. officials say they are still working out details to finish this book how many u.s. forces should stay in afghanistan after 2014 when most combat troops are set to leave the country. jennifer griffin is at the pentagon for us tonight. what's the word on whether there they are seriously considering leaving troops in afghanistan after that time. >> well, leaving no troops there they call it the zero option, shepard. in fact, it was floated by the white house earlier this week ahead of president harmid karzai's visit here to washington. the afghan leader was at the pentagon and state department today. it was really an idea floated to get karzai's attention because many fear if there are no u.s. troops the country will revert to the taliban you have provided options not to the president yet but to the national security staff. as you know i don't speak about options until i have had a chance to speak to the president. >> at the state department president karzai is dining tonight with secretary clinton and leon panetta. he brought a long list of military equipment that karzai needs from
FOX News
Jan 6, 2013 1:00pm PST
is regarding pentagon little if any. so i think its controversial choice. >> jamie: would hagel survive a senate hearing? let's bring in ron bongene and margie o'meara. great to see both of you. it seems like both sides of the aisle agree that senator hagel can get a fair hearing but why is he best choice from democrats point of view? >> i think it's a strong choice from a really united american point of view. he earned two purple hearts. he is a republican senator who has not been part of the partisan bickering that people have grown to hate here. he has been endorsed by five former ambassadors to israel. he voted for $40 billion in aid to israel. he has been endorsed by four former security advisors and all those folks that have been appointed by republican and democratic administrations. i think he is strong pick and it would make sense for people to come together and confirm. >> jamie: do you think he was the president's first choice? >> i think certainly he has been a key pick. he has been somebody the president has been working with closely and think he has had a real relationship
FOX News
Jan 5, 2013 1:00pm PST
setled on chuck hagel to lead the pentagon. it comes despite many indications that he would face rocky confirmation hearing. he has a history of blunted statements including a reference to, quote. jewish lobby as an intimidating force on capitol hill that would draw scrutiny. once more he has at times resisted sanctions against iran for its nuclear program and balked efforts to designate hezbollah as a terrorist group. >> i have serious reservations on some of his statements in the past. >> reporter: supporters say his infantry service where he was awarded two purple hearts make it superbly qualified. a group wrote to obama to throw his support behind hagel that enjoys the backing that one opinion that matters most. >> he is patriot and he has done extraordinary work. somebody that has served this country with valor in vietnam. somebody who is currently serving on my intelligence advisory board. >> reporter: the white house said no decision has been made on the top pentagon spotted. >> jamie: what kind of confirmation are we in for if the president does nominate him? assistant to vice
FOX News
Jan 7, 2013 3:00pm PST
's pick to run the pentagon. jennifer griffin on the first enlisted soldier to be so hoorpd katherine heritage tells us john brennan's road may be a little bumpy. let's begin with wendall goler. >> good evening. president obama is nominating the former republican senator to be secretary of defense and 25-year veteran of the c.i.a. to head the agency. >> these two leaders have dedicated their lives to protect the country. i urge the senate to confirm them as soon as possible. >> but hagel's selection grew more criticism and the choice of john brennan threatened to raise questions about water boarding that he didn't want to answer when he was considered four years ago. had a ha ge8, obama said would be an outspoken advocate for severs men and women. and his business experience will help him prioritize pentagon spending cuts that everyone knows is coming. >> even though we make tough fiscal choices we have to do so wisely guided by a our stlaj and keep the military the strongest fighting force. >> reporter: but it drew immediate fire. it was a 14-year-old comment about a diplomat being a
FOX News
Jan 11, 2013 3:00pm PST
with the president's national security team telling the pentagon to send them recommendations that would involve no more than 9,000 troops. and leaking on the eve of karzai's arrival that the white house was considering a zero option. >> starting this spring, our troops will have a different mission. training, advising, assisting afghan forces. >> today hi announced it would transition ahead of schedule. plans that worry many in the pentagon as the president weighs how many troops to leave behind. the theory of zero troop option leaving no behind was a bluff to ensure they would grant immunity after 2014. >> nowhere do we have security agreement with country without immunity for the troops. i think president karzai understands that. >> we understand that the issue is specific importance for the united states. >> the quid pro quo is karzai will return to afghanistan with the promise that the afghan prisons will return to afghan sovereignty and pull out of the afghan vil lanels this spring. president diverted attention from those asking whether 11 years of war were worth it. who helped repel large
FOX News
Jan 5, 2013 8:30am PST
cautioned that no decision was made on the top pentagon spot. but two senior aides said that chuck hagel two term gop senator from nebraska is likely to be nominated. a maverick who opposed the surge in iraq and toureded middle east with cabbed dat obama. gop senator marko rubio may block the nomination unless hagel with draws the opposition of the trade embargo to cuba. they depressed concern about his remarks that veteran mideast diplomat aaron miller. the jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here on capitol hill hagel said i am not a israeli senator, i am a
FOX News
Jan 11, 2013 4:00pm PST
. u.s. troops are now to shift to a support role this spring. months earlier than the pentagon originally predicted. the president made that announcement after meeting with his counterpart from afghanistan. harmid karzai at the white house. >> starting this spring, our troops will have a different mission. training, advising, assisting, afghan forces. it will be historic moment. >> most of the 66,000 combat troops in afghanistan are set to leave at the end of next year. the president says he has not yet decided whether to speed up that down draw or how many american force also stay around after 2014. this week at the white house said it would consider leaving zero ground troops behind but that was largely seen as a negotiating employee with the afghans. the president is keeping the option on the table, probably for that reason. jennifer griffin at the pentagon. is he also promising the afghans a strategic partisanship, what's -- partnership. >> the strategic partnership how many troops can say post 2014. the real question is whether they be given immunity. that whole zero optio
FOX News
Jan 5, 2013 9:00am PST
will not be able to be fulfilled and meet those obligations . >> a recent pentagon report shows that one of afghan army 23 brigades was able to operate without military support from the u.s. or nato. you expect it to improve by 2014? >> i think the whole engagement is catastrophic and you look at the harvest of what we have done and look at sacrifices of the last 12 years now we had in afghanistan. we don't have much to show for it. we have a karzai as president . dysfunctional units that made habits . the afghan sold yirs were killing our own people and hundreds of billions later, the the fatalities and casuallies. it is it a good wor. but there is nothing good about the war. the chaos will claim afghanistan and the taliban will claim afghanistan and our work will have been for naught. >> that is it a sobering picture that you paint there. thank you for your insight. i appreciate it >> you, too. >> and rebel sitings are pressing ahead with fencive. there is a car boiming in damascus . in is follows a deadly crash. it is saying they were set off by rebels. battles in suburbs on the way to the airp
FOX News
Jan 7, 2013 2:00pm PST
chuck hagel the president's pick to run the pentagon. jennifer griffin on the first enlisted soldier to be so hoorpd katherine heritage tells us john brennan's road may be a little bumpy. let's begin with wendall goler. >> good evening. president obama is nominating the former republican senator to be secretary of defense and 25-year veteran of the c.i.a. to head the agency. >> these two leaders have dedicated their lives to protect the country. i urge the senate to confirm them as soon as possible. >> but hagel's selection grew more criticism and the choice of john brennan threatened to raise questions about water boarding that he didn't want to answer when he was considered four years ago. had a ha ge8, obama said would be an outspoken advocate for severs men and women. and his business experience will help him prioritize pentagon spending cuts that everyone knows is coming. >> even though we make tough fiscal choices we have to do so wisely guided by a our stlaj and keep the military the strongest fighting force. >> reporter: but it drew immediate fire. it was a 14-year-old commen
FOX News
Jan 5, 2013 10:00am PST
the pentagon, this apparent pick despite many indications that the g.o.p. maverick would face a rocky confirmation hearing. the former two term senator from nebraska has a history of blunt statements including a reference to the jewish lobby as intimidating force on capitol hill that will likely draw fresh, and openly pai ambassador as quote, aggressively gay and hormel says that the apology was sent to the news media and not to him. and hagel has at times resisted imposition of sanctions against iran for the ren grade nuclear program and balked sometimes efforts to designate hezbollah a terrorist group. >> i do have serious concerns about his position that he's stated on israel, and some of the statements he's made in the past, as well as his positions on iran and i think that those are issues that have been addressed if he is nominated and comes before the senate armed services committee. i plan to vigorously question him on prior statements and those positions in particular. >> supporters say hagel's infantry service in vietnam where he was awarded two purple hearts, among other de
FOX News
Jan 7, 2013 12:00pm PST
would be a perfect fit at the pentagon. >> he understands that america stands strongest when we stand as allies and as friends. as a successful businessman he know os even as we make tough fiscal choices we have to do so wisely. >> hagel would be the first enlisted soldier from the vietnam war to serve as secretary of defense. he earned two purple hearts and saved his wounded brother. some republicans are concerned hagel won't be enough of a defender of pentagon spending. >> the fact of the matter is i fear he is going to try to use senator hagel as a foil to pursue this hollowing out of the military that secretary panetta has raised concerns about by the draconian cuts and the is a questions teresa payton. >> hagel would be -- and the sequester. >> not as difficult ahead for john brennan. >> unlike tolikelikely to drawe criticism. if confirmed it would be a home coming. he was considered for the cia post in 2008 but wealth drew his name to avoid contentious questioning over the agency use of water boarding and so called enhanced in tare gation techniques which eight time he said he o
FOX News
Jan 9, 2013 12:00am PST
. would they look back when asked to attack? the pentagon is considering whether they will be infantry troops. they showed little interest in battle zone jobs. smos believing they would be able to fight on the front line. in 2012 they asked them to go to infantry officer training. and only two volunteers and -- volunteered and they both cleared the course. the job i want to do in the military does not include combat arms. it is a choice to join combat arms and it should be a personal decision not a required one. the views mirrored in other surveys done in the 90s were 900 army women polled, and it felt the issue was pushed by, quote, feminists. let's go to red eye's pentagon screaming sheep. >> he would be arguing on the piers morgan show. tune in for that. diane, don't you believe the defense department should forget women in combat? >> open the position up to women, but they will have to fulfill whatever requirements are required of men to do it. if that means no women pass the test, then no women get to be on the front line. >> i am surprised about this though. i always thought, and
FOX News
Jan 10, 2013 12:00pm PST
alerts on the wire services. the pentagon just come out talking about how they would cut in case they did come up to this debt limit, because it's going to affect everyone in the country, and for that matter, around the world. >> and if you're a business or even a huge organization like the pentagon, you can't wait until the last minute and say, oh, we got to cut 50 billion? ust take that out tomorrow. doesn't work that way there are a lot of big companies -- ceos pulling their hair out, investors and wall street analysts don't know what to think. will the money be in the budget? flowing into the economy? it's a huge decision. a disgrace it has to go down to the last second but that is what we have gotten used to with this group in washington. >> shepard: we certainly have. thank you. >>> researchers took a close look at junior seaus a brain after hi killed himself, and what they found shows just how much damage his years in the nfl may have done. here we go. my doctor told me calcium is efficiently absorbed in small continuous amounts. citracal slow release continuously releases calcium
FOX News
Jan 11, 2013 12:00pm PST
the pentagon will start taking steps to freeze hiring and scaled back spending amid what he calls a perfect storm of budget unis certainty. they cannot make any long-range plans because congress hasn't passed the appropriations bill for 2013. pentagon spending is frozing at last year's levels. sequestration to the tune of half a trillion dollars over ten years are set to start in march unless congress does something and secretary panetta is not pleased. >> we no have idea what the hell is going to happen. all tolled, this uncertainty if left unresolved by the congress will seriously harm our military readiness. >> shepard: defense officials already ordered the air force and the navy to cancel maintenance on its aircraft and ships. but secretary panetta says he has asked defense leaders to ensure that any moves they make now should be reversible if at all possible. >>> the president today welcomed hamid karzai to the house to discuss the future of our longest war in which more than 3,000 americans and allied military personnel have been killed. the president said all forces in afghanistan wi
FOX News
Jan 11, 2013 1:00pm PST
pentagon cutting and what i was saying in the piece today is that just because the sequestration cuts are bad doesn't mean that the defense budget is sacrosanct. it can be cut by a significant amount. >> neil: it would help the republicans make the argument we are open for cutting spending for things we hold dear and you should be open to cutting spending for things you hold dear. this doesn't seem to resonate in an atmosphere where there is no cutting going on period. >> the leading budget hawk who talk about this, basically they say back in 2007 the height of the iraq war the troop surge was going on, a very expensive proposition. the base pentagon budget was $431 billion and that did not count the cost of the wars in iraq and afghanistan but the base was 43 $431 billion. today the base is $551 billion. people are saying why should it be so much more today than it was in the peak war years of 2007. to get back to the 2007 spending levels would require significant cuts. >> neil: real quickly, are they going to resolve this before the 11th hour? >> i think they will. there is bipartis
FOX News
Jan 7, 2013 8:00am PST
. obama may appoint mr. hagel to take a place at the pentagon. as almost score setting matter i almost hope he does. it would confirm a point i made earlier this column earlier this year, that mr. obama is not a friend of israel. >> you could hardly think of another leading contender for that position who would be, who would raise more eyebrows than chuck hagel when it comes to israel. you heard earlier jennifer griffin quoting the line about the jewish lobby, which is interesting because millions of americans who are christians and not jewish are also supporters of israel. there is the conflation between the jewish lobby and israel lobby which is very disturbing. there is broader record especially concerning iran would make anyone concerned for the security of is rainfall and the relationship between israel and the united states worried about his position as secretary of defense. jon: but this is a guy who served two terms in the senate. >> right. jon: he is a decorated vietnam veteran, a purple heart recipient. >> two purple hearts. jon: two purple hearts. why not put him in at the t
FOX News
Jan 7, 2013 6:00pm PST
uniforms before going to the pentagon to meet with admiral mullen and secretary gates. two hours later, i left the white house after a short and professional meeting with president obama. i drove to fort mcnair to tell annie that the president had accepted my resignation. chronic osteoarthritis pain. imagine living your life with less chronic low back pain. imagine you with less pain. cymbalta can help. cymbalta is fda-approved to manage chronic musculoskeletal pain. one non-narcotic pill a day, every day, can help reduce this pain. tell your doctor right away if your mood worsens, you have unusual changes in mood or havior or thghts of suicide. antidepressants can increase these in children, teens, and young adults. cymbalta is not for children under 18. people taking maois, linezolid or thioridazine or with uncontrolled glaucoma should not take cymbalta. taking it with nsaid pain relievers, aspirin or blood thinners may increase bleeding risk. severe liver problems, some fatal, were reported. signs include abdominal pain and yellowing skin or eyes. tell your doctor about all your medici
FOX News
Jan 8, 2013 5:00pm PST
at the pentagon and for all our citizens. >> is president obama nominating chuck hagel as secretary of defense in in order to cut funding to the military? charles krauthammer will weigh in on that. caution, you are about to enter the no spin zone, the factor begins right now. hi, i'm bill o'reilly. thanks for watching us tonight. aborting babies at taxpayers expense that is the subject of this evening's talking points memo. we have been taking a very hard look at a disturbing situation that may be a major violation, maybe of federal law. in 1976 congress passed the hyde amendment which forbids federal tax dollars for abortions. the reason is obvious. many americans believe abortion is morally wrong to. protect those americans, the feds said no to public funding of abortions. but now it looks like pro-choice zealots have figured out a way to get around the hyde amendment. they are using planned parenthood. here are the stats. 2001 planned parenthood received about 203 million taxpayer dollars. 10 years later, 2011, the organization received a whopping $5,542,000,000, nearly double. planned pare
FOX News
Jan 9, 2013 2:00am PST
2014. they are not ruling out that option. pentagon officials say the troops are still needed to keep strengthening the afghan army and help keep al qaeda away. this comes days after osama bin laden is meeting with hamid karzai. no decision has been made for anthony's appeal to get the lying conviction thrown out. she is convicted of lying to police. the statements she used to police can't be used against her because she was not read her amanda rights. >>> across the country struggle to go keep up all of the people coming in with flu like illnesses. one set up a special tent outside. this is 29 states already reporting extremely high amounts of cases. >> we are live with the latest on what health officials there are dealing with. >> the flu is hitting harder and also hitting earlier especially here in northeast ohio. there were 134 cases of the flu that were reported last week and that was up 73 according to the cuyahoga county board of health. they are already putting restrictions in place. 30 minutes outside of cleveland they were packed with patients yesterday. they are now having
FOX News
Jan 9, 2013 8:00am PST
the pentagon absorb a 10% cut? i suppose it could absorb a cut but the question is, we can not go into default while we're debating these things. you have to increase the debt ceiling and keep the debate going and look to continue to cut spending. jon: we'll have you back another time to talk more about this. you obviously put a lot of thought into it. former congressman dennis kucinich. >> thank you. jenna: speaking after the pentagon, we talked a let about the planned troop withdrawal in afghanistan. now there is word the united states may take out all the troops leaving no american soldiers there. what is behind the so-called zero option? we go in depth next. jon: a fox news alert now. new details emerging on that commuter ferry crash in new york city. rick is live at the breaking news desk for us. >> we're tracking this from down in the newsroom because the details are changing quickly, jon. as you say a commuter ferry bringing people from new jersey along the east river to lower manhattan. we're told that's when they had what is called a hard landing. the ferry captain trying to dock righ
FOX News
Jan 6, 2013 9:00am PST
produced by our great pentagon producer justin fishel last friday. he wrote "the white house is not considering any option that would leave more than 10,000 american troops in afghanistan beyond 2014. ". a senior administration official and senior military force told fox news despite reports that the administration could leave a much larger footprint after that deadline for handing over security to the afghans. there you have it. 10,000 s what we are reportedly hearing from the pentagon. >> i worry about the art fix deadlines and artificial numbers not dictated by the facts on the ground. we have to see as the afghanistan forces are standing up and make sure that they are trained and we cooperate with them with counterinsurgency and the training and advising and continues. to just pull out a date and say this is the number of troops does not respect the realities on the ground. we made that mistake with iraq and i hope that the obama administration learned from its mistakes and when we withdraw forces along with allies we do so in a way that i say treasures all of the lives t
FOX News
Jan 9, 2013 10:00am PST
it to you. >> why does the president want to down size the pentagon, the defense department? why does he want to do that? >> because obama has this ideological vision of america as a super power, too big for its britches and it's a power that's thrown itself around the world. he talked about it in his initial tour of the world, and that it does not sort of have the moral standing to be the great power it was, leading where it was, choosing where and when and he wants to cut it down to size. >> megyn: that was charles krauthammer making the argument to our own bill o'reilly, that president obama is forming his second term policy that america needs to down size its global presence or as he put it, mr. krauthammer, he thinks america, mr. obama does, is too big for its britches. and here is tucker carlson, a fox news contributor, and julie, and ray. what's the evidence of that? >> the evidence that the president sees the united states in world terms is everywhere you see it in the budget negotiations the reason the republicans are so thrown off. divided and disspirited. mostly they're confus
FOX News
Jan 11, 2013 10:00am PST
portnoy, who democrats were looking at undersecretary of defense, hoping she might move to the pentagon and overlooked for that position and susan rice now out of the running. the question, do we have enough bench of women. the cabinet positions, it's long hours, my intern went over to the white house and works 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and for a woman would children, how do we work them so women can do them. >> megyn: and talking about this on the air yesterday, i'm a relatively young mother and i would not do a job that would require 12 and 16 hours a day regularly. i'd never see my kid. women make that trade off and men, too, but women. and however, ben, look at the women in the cabinet. hillary clinton in her 60's and janet napolitano i think she's not married and you know, you can find women who could do the job who aren't necessarily young mothers, it's not like there's an absence of qualified available women out there. so why isn't he finding them? >> well, i think he's finding people he's comfortable with. and that's the problem when you make laws based on political gain. and the preside
FOX News
Jan 3, 2013 4:00pm PST
months later, al awlaki is brought into the pentagon for a meeting as part of a muslim outreach program. not only do the documents show that he was buying tickets for the hijackers, it shows he was the central focus of the fbi's investigation of 9/11. >> in a statement a short time ago, the fbi cautioned against drawing conclusions about the documents saying there is no direct connection between al awlaki and 9/11. judicial watch is now asking the fbi to release a document in its entirety without redactions. for the sake of full transparency. >> thank you. >> you are welcome. al jazeera has taken a huge step to expand presence in the u.s. the challenge will be winning over an american audience. details on that next. plus, as the fighting rages on in syria, neighboring israel is taking steps to protect itself from extremist groups operating just across the border. >> this is the only thing protecting israel, a rusted barb wire fence. and now the new syrian border, 25 feet tall, steel reinforced and with raiser wire on top. >> the full report from israel's border with syria ahead on "the
FOX News
Jan 6, 2013 8:00am PST
organizations are reporting that chuck hagel, a former senator here, will be named as the head of the pentagon. he is something that a -- someone who has said things not necessarily favorable towards israel and criticized the israel lobby here, saying they are too strong. what would that mean if chuck hagel were the next signature of defense? >> we are not getting vflgd in the nomination of president obam a. i hear the concernful i think the main issue with president obama will do in his second term, what will be his policy? appeasement toward iran, toward hamas, hezbollah or change the policy? president obam will decide where the u.s. is going. >> let's talk about iran and the nuclear program and their role in the violence in gazzasm a lot of people said it was iran providing the weaponly to hamas, used in shells sent into israeli neighborhoods, just over the last several months. how realistic is an israeli attack? >> that's a cultural issue for the american people. i know you have your own problems, the fiscal issue, the budget, the congress. have you to look at iran very carefully. if iran
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Jan 7, 2013 2:00am PST
the management experience is regarding the pentagon if any. i think it's an incredibly controversial choice. >> he calls the jewish lobby call into question his support for israel. he stood shoulder to shoulder with the president on foreign policy. >> i know chuck hagel. i know him. he's a patriot. he is somebody who has done extraordinary work in the united states senate. somebody who served this country with valor in vietnam. he is serving on the intelligence advisory board and doing a great job. >> some questioned james hormel's nomination as being in his words openly aggressively gray. he would later apologize. even many democrats take a wait and see approach to his nomination. >> let him get nominated if he is going to be nominated and let's hear what the senator had to say. >>> this may be announced as early as today. doug luzader in washington for us. >> the nomination of chuck hagel is the big talk this morning. >> cruise highly critical of the choice and the cities -- -- highly critical of the choice as the main issue. >>> if hagel is nominated it is difficult to look at the circum
FOX News
Jan 9, 2013 5:00pm PST
. the pentagon was recommending 10 to 15,000 troops. now the obama administration is floating numbers like 6 to 9,000 and they refuse to rule out the zero option. >> bill: there must be a reason why they are doing that rosen because it doesn't make any sense. >> there is, behind the scenes the diplomats here in this building the state department are negotiating with afghanistan the terms the terms of our agreement with. they called a status of forces agreement. and they are trying to basically push karzai around a little bit to get some concessions from him. maybe we raise the number of troops if you give for those troops immunity from prosecution. >> bill: stop with your brother maybe we will give you more troops that keep from you getting your head cut off which is exactly what's going to happen if the u.s. pulls everybody out. karzai will last, what? 24 hours? he has some accounts in london and switzerland. you know how it goes. sharp dresser tonight. >> bill: i liked the seeing: you were pitty, inside stuff so we will bring them back. right? >> thank you, bill. >> thanks, bill. >> bill: stay
FOX News
Jan 11, 2013 6:00am PST
're still investigate the motive. taft, california. martha: the pentagon is bracing for some massive changes. defense secretary leon panetta says drastic cuts to the defense department were just delayed after the fiscal cliff and they are starting to get ready for what they know is coming down the pipeline over the next couple months. they will begin taking steps to freeze civilian hiring and to delay some contract awards, all of this if congress can not reach a deal on the final spending plan. as you remember they delayed the whole thing by about six weeks. so the pentagon is facing spending cuts of nearly $500 billion over a decade and an additional 110 billion in automatic spending cuts in military and domestic programs by early march. some asking why just defense? why not other areas like entitlements but that one is baked in the cake. bill: another story on related matter. we'll talk to stephen hayes in a moment on that spending. at the white house house today this will be an interesting meeting. president obama and afghan president hamid karzai talking about america's future role in th
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Jan 9, 2013 3:00am PST
secretary of defense who everybody likes a lot. >>gretchen: who is that? >>brian: she's been in the pentagon. >>gretchen: i never heard her name as an option. for me, there's two reasons why this will not be a problem for chuck hagel in the long run. first of all, are the american people paying attention to this? i mean, i think if you could get the american people involved and they start representatives and say i have a problem with this or i light chuck hagel, then it becomes a hotter topic and you might see some sort of possibility that it doesn't happen. but if you don't get the american people involved, i think it is an easy situation for him. people talk about political capital. why would the president do this kind of fight? he was elected for four more years. to me, this president has shown in the first four years that he's willing to go to battle for these types of things because remember when he won the first election, one of the first thing he said was "i won the election." >>steve: after george bush and george bush lost all his political capital by the time katrina hit. he was not
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, do my best for our country, for those i represent at the pentagon and for all our citizens. mr. president, i will always give you my honest and most informed counsel. thank you very much. >> mr. president, thank you for your very kind remarks and thank you for the trust that you've placed in me when you asked me to be acting director twice. i have had the honor of knowing and working with john brennan for the last 20 years. we have worked particularly closely the last three years. john brennan is an intelligence professional with deep experience in our business, a public servant with extraordinary dedication and a man of deep integrity. with senate confirmation, i know that he will be an outstanding director of the central intelligence agency. as the president noted, john started his career at the cia and spent nearly a quarter century. so, this is a homecoming for john. john, on behalf of the talented and dedicated men and women of cia, it is my deep honor to say, welcome home. >> . >> mr. president, it is indeed a tremendous honor to be nominated to be the director of the cen
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defense he probably wants a republican at pentagon to give him political cover, and he probably wants a decorated war hero to boot, very strong words from david brooks. let's bring in steve hayes writer at "weekly standard" and a fox news contributor. good morning, steve. >> good morning, martha. martha: the strongest in that is that he would supervise the military's decline. do you think so. >> i think there is evidence to support the remarks david brooks is saying. bill burton a former deputy white house secretary and a close adviser to the president, very in close with the obama inner circle say as much in an interest view. he said we want chuck hagel there to allow us to bring through what he called huge cuts to the military. so you've got somebody close to the president who is saying that chuck hagel will make it easier for the obama administration to bring in this new era of military cuts. martha: the president's critics say that he has been really unconcerned and really has not spoken out much about the military cuts that would be part of the sequester. is that true? >> this is
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, hasn't had a major speech on it. where is he on the big spending issues coming forward on the pentagon? we don't know, and that's not a good sign in light of the debt crisis we face. >>brian: you told me at the break, we salute him for the service he's given to the country but you don't think he's right for secretary of defense. >> he would be great for the department of veterans affairs. he pushed the g.i. bill. we give him credit for that completely. secretary of defense requires someone with a clear vision, with some nuance on defense policy in light of the spending crisis we're in right now and forceful support of the united states military and its allies. that's not chuck hagel. >>brian: thanks so much. we'll see hout proceedings -- how the proceedings go forward. anything but smooth even if he does get confirmed. >>> it's a story we've been following. a newspaper revealing the names of legal gun owners including cops. doesn't that put their lives at risk? remember the cash for clunkers program. turns out it was a train wreck. brand-new evidence ahead. ♪ this happy couple used c
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